NATO Summit concluded with the agreement of Afghanistan-NATO on Security Transition by 2014
The NATO summit which was on Afghanistan announced that the Afghan-led security transition process will commence from the beginning of the next year and will be fully completed by the 2014 concluded in Lisbon Capital of Portugal. In conclusion of this summit, joint declaration of enduring partnership and cooperation between Afghanistan and NATO signed by H.E. President Hamid Karzai and Anders Fogh Rasmussen Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that based on the principals of this declaration, NATO Organization pledged to commence consultation and continue cooperation to provide training and equipping the Afghanistan National Army, and will cooperate closely with the Government of Afghanistan in all sectors, accordingly.
NATO Secretary General in a joint press conference with H.E. Hamid Karzai President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General announced that the Process of Afghan-led security transition will commence from next year onwards and this gradual transition process would be step-like and implement according to the situation.
The ultimate goal is that Afghan forces would be able to undertake and provide security responsibility until 2014 throughout the country.
NATO Secretary General added that taking charge of overall security by the Afghans need to equip and train more of them and NATO is committed to continue equipping and training Afghan forces. NATO Secretary General also noted that they will remain in Afghanistan until the completion of their responsible duties.
Statement by President Karzai at NATO Summit in Lisbon.pdf